The international film festival returns to Mattoon

MATTOON, Ill. (WCIA) – The Mattoon Public Library is once again hosting the Manhattan International Short Film Festival.

Four years ago, the library looked for other ways to bring the community together around the arts. They have served as the venue for the festival ever since.

“We found the opportunity to offer mainly foreign films that relate to various current themes an attractive perspective,” said Carl Walworth, who is the library’s director. “The shorts have been well received so far. They are entertaining, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, often with a powerful message.

The national festival, in its 25th year, features 10 short films selected from 870 submissions from
70 countries. Mattoon Public Library is one of approximately 400 sites spanning six continents showing
movies this year.

Normally, Walworth said festival venues are located in major cities. However, Mattoon Public Library offers the town and surrounding area the same visual experience on a much smaller scale.

“We encourage people from across the region to attend one of our free screenings to experience something different and engaging,” Walworth said. “If you enjoy watching movies or enjoy immersing yourself in world cultures and arts, this is the event for you.”

Free screenings begin September 22. You can find more information here.

Darcy J. Skinner